As the legislative session comes to a close and only six working days remain, the Kentucky Chamber wrote to all legislators Tuesday urging them to take action on three key priorities to help the state and small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the letter, the Chamber said transportation investment, liability protections for small businesses, schools, and others, and money for the state’s drained unemployment insurance fund must be prioritized.
“Without tackling these issues, the legislature will have neglected to truly help get our economy back on track and ensure employers can recover from the pandemic,” Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts wrote.
The Chamber has been very vocal on these issues, advocating for increased funding for transportation for many years and sounding the alarm on the adverse impacts of the strain on the UI system and costly litigation faced by companies trying to follow changing guidelines.
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Unemployment Insurance Increase:
- Employers could see significant increases to unemployment insurance in 2021
- Kentucky employers need relief from skyrocketing unemployment insurance costs, Kentucky Chamber tells legislature
- Some Kentucky employers could see a 2,000% increase in unemployment insurance tax if issues not addressed, Chamber president states
- Unemployment costs, childcare, workforce participation, and other issues arising as a result of COVID-19 pandemic must be addressed, Kentucky Chamber CEO says
- Groups call on Beshear to use federal funds to help fix state’s empty unemployment insurance fund
- Large coalition urges Beshear to take action on state’s drained unemployment insurance fund
- Kentucky’s economy cannot afford to wait another year to invest in infrastructure, says large coalition in letter to 2021 General Assembly
- National and state chamber leaders say 2021 is the year to invest in infrastructure
- Large coalition sends strong message to lawmakers calling for action on increasing infrastructure investment in 2021
- Bill filed to generate money for Kentucky’s ailing roads and bridges
- Coalition urges lawmakers to pass bill increasing transportation funding
- “We’ve got your back.” Large coalition encourages lawmakers to take vote on gas tax
- Key Kentucky groups call on legislature and governor to increase transportation funding
- Letter to General Assembly on the need to pass Senate Bill 5
- Op-Ed: Liability Protection for Kentuckians Can’t Wait
- Kentuckians Strongly Support COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses
- Kentucky lawmakers should focus on jobs not lawsuits and pass Senate Bill 5
- Business community urges legislature to consider COVID-19 lawsuit protections as Kentucky reopens